Weapons Acquisition:

Precision Guided Munitions in Inventory, Production, and Development

NSIAD-95-95: Published: Jun 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the military services' acquisition of precision guided munitions (PGM), focusing on: (1) the planned costs and quantities of PGM; (2) the services' rationale for initiating PGM development programs; (3) available options to attack surface targets with PGM; and (4) the extent of the services' joint development and procurement of PGM.

GAO found that: (1) the services have bought or are developing over 33 types of PGM at a cost of about $58.6 billion; (2) the 19 PGM types in inventory and production provide about 130,422 individual munitions at a cost of about $30.4 billion and are used by the Air Force and Navy; (3) the 14 PGM types in development have a combined estimated acquisition cost of about $28.2 billion; (4) the services' rationale for the PGM development programs include increasing the number of PGM, gaining additional capability through technical improvements, and providing interim capabilities until certain munitions are available; (5) the 33 PGM types provide multiple options for countering targets and some PGM can function against more than one target class; and (6) the Navy and Air Force have participated in joint PGM development programs, but they do not plan to buy some PGM currently under development.

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